Lapidary and Bone-carving Art

Box with star ruby finial

    Box with star ruby finial

    Germany, Idar-Oberstein

    20th century

    Wild, Manfred, Emile Becker

    Corundum, ruby, quartz, obsidian, gold; carving, polishing

    Diameter 7.6 cm; Height 8.9 cm (with base)

    Monogram "EB" for Emil Becker and "M. Wild"


    Barrel shaped box fluted and carved from massive ruby from India. Transparent Quartz slab forms the bottom of the box. It is decorated with borders formed of 212 diamonds, with total weight of approximately 2.23 carats. The base is carved from Russian black obsidian with insert light which illuminates the box through the quartz bottom so that it glows from within.